Life in the Old West

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Wagons and Trails

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Though many individuals and even groups of adventurers headed west on foot, wagons pulled primarily by horses, oxen, and mules really shaped the exodus westward.

Many of the towns and settlements in the Old West grew up around prominent wagon trails – such as the Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail. There was a wide variety of types of wagons, the most well-known of which was the lumbering Conestoga. But “wagons” also included push carts and even wheelbarrows that eager adventurers loaded up and started pushing and pulling into the American West. You can enjoy our every-expanding library of articles in the “Wagons and Trails” category by clicking on the links below. Enjoy your trip!